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The Glasgow School of Art

Bachelor of Arts with Honours in
Communication Design

Never before has the communications arena had such fluidity for the realisation of student ideas and professional identity; whether it be simple or complex, witty or profound - Communication Design is a platform for the thinking of tomorrow.

Digital technology has provided a multimedia, multi-layered set of opportunities for Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography. Students now incorporate the traditional skills of drawing, printing, photography and other graphic processes with video, sound, animation and other aspects of moving image and multimedia. Students are no longer defined by their specialism, but through their creative interpretations and articulation of the brief.

In order for a student to develop a vision of the future, they need an understanding of the past. Each area within Communication Design encourages a critical engagement with historic and contemporary practice, relating social cultural and political contexts. Learning is supported by a weekly series of professional practice lectures, in which some of the most respected designers in Europe visit the School and meet our students.

Staff are active in research within the graphics industry through consultancy and freelance design.

There are three distinct specialisms in Communication Design at the GSA:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Photography

Each of the specialisms encourages students to develop an inventive and critical approach to solving communication design problems.

Our graduates work across the world in Design agencies and international companies including Pentagram, Graphic Thought Facility, Esquire, Lust, O-SB, Weiden + Kennedy, Lewis Moberly, Williams and Phoa, BBC, Stand, ISO, or in freelance practice, working in publishing, editorial, film and TV.

All GSA degree programmes are validated by University of Glasgow, a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.


The Glasgow School of Art
Communication Design, BA (Hons)


Learning and teaching in the Department of Communication Design encourages self-motivation and sustained independent learning. GSA employs a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, talks, presentations and group discussions, individual or group tutorials, projects, practical workshops and critical reviews. In each year Interior Design and Communication Design students will collaborate at certain points in the academic year for briefings, reviews and feedback sessions.

Programme Structure

Stage 3

Stage 4


The Glasgow School of Art
Communication Design, BA (Hons)

Polytechnic Diploma

Nanyang Polytechnic

  • Digital Media Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Mass Media Management
  • Motion Graphics & Broadcast Design 
  • Visual Communication

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

  • Advertising & Public Relations 
  • Arts Business Management
  • Animation & 3D Arts
  • Film, Sound & Video
  • Mass Communication
  • Multimedia & Animation

Republic Polytechnic

  • Mass Communication
  • Media Production and Design 

Singapore Polytechnic

  • Creative Media Design 
  • Digital Animation
  • Media & Communication
  • Visual Communication & Media Design
  • Visual Effects & Motion Graphics

Temasek Polytechnic

  • Communication Design
  • Digital Film & Television (formerly known as Moving Images)
  • Interactive Media Design
  • Visual Communication

GSA is interested in interdisciplinary practices and cross-fertilisation, and welcomes applications from all diploma-qualified students with an interest in contemporary design issues and studies. Applicants from other diplomas not listed will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


The Glasgow School of Art
Communication Design, BA (Hons)

All students will have to complete a 3-week attachment at the home campus of Glasgow School of the Arts in the UK.  Students will experience life as a GSA student in Glasgow and be taken through a series of lectures and a credit-bearing studio design project, which is aimed at enhancing the students’ critical awareness and practical capabilities in design thinking and production.  The immersion experience, inclusive of visits to key cultural sites and institutions in the city of Glasgow will help students acquire a critical understanding of the global practice of design. 

The estimated cost of the overseas immersion programme ranges from S$4,500 to S$5,500.

Note: Estimated costs are dependent on prevailing currency exchange rates and flight ticket prices.


The Glasgow School of Art
Communication Design, BA (Hons)

For admission-related queries, please email to 
For general and programme-related queries, please email to 

woon kok meng

Mr Woon Kok Meng
Programme Director

heng aik yan terence

Assistant Professor Terence Heng
Deputy Programme Director

choo geok cheng

Ms Choo Geok Cheng
Assistant Manager, Academic Programmes


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